In its continuing crusade to make amends with members miffed about Church officials’ alleged coverup of pedophile priests, the Archdiocese today printed an apology to parishioners in their newspaper.
“We are sorry,” reads the apology in The Catholic Standard & Times. “We, the Church, are sorry for the sexual abuse suffered by our brothers and sisters when they were young people at the hands of the Church’s clergymen and teachers. The Church is sorry for the sins and crimes of some members against other members. The Church begs forgiveness of our brothers and sisters, and of almighty God.”
The unsigned apology exhorted readers to rebuild their trust in the Church by taking to heart the changes officials have enacted since the release of a scathing grand-jury report earlier this month.
In that report, grand jurors blasted church superiors — including former Archbishop Cardinal Anthony Bevilacqua — for shielding pervert priests by shuffling them to unsuspecting parishes. Two priests, a defrocked priest and a lay teacher were indicted on rape and related charges, while a monsignor accused of covering up their perversions was charged with endangering the welfare of a child.